Shabazz Muhammad – The Next Big Basketball Star?

Shabazz Muhammad was the main attraction of the McDonald’s All-American game in Chicago, leading the West with 21 points to a 106-102 win over the East, helped by 18 points from Rasheed Sulamion. Muhammad is one of the few players who took part in the High School All-Star game that still hasn’t chosen a school to play College Ball for.

Like in the NBA All-Star game last month, the East were trailing big time, by as much as 24 with 12:03 left in the second half. A ferocious comeback led by Alex Poythress and Archie Goodwin fell short of the mark. Poythress finished with 19 points, Goodwin with 14.

Despite the talent shown in this exhibition of the nation’s best high school players, the most interesting thing about it is knowing where these guys will end up. Muhammad is weighing offers from Kentucky, Duke, Kansas and UCLA. Playing in Las Vegas at Bishop Gorman High School, with a few Super Bowl champions coming out from there and current Chicago Bulls player C.J. Watson as well, Muhammad is also considering playing for UNLV.

Kentucky’s handprints were all over this one. If Muhammad choosed the Wildcats, he’ll make them the top recruiter once again. John Calipari has that kind of magic. Archie Goodwin from Little Rock and Alex Poythress from Clarksville (Tennessee) will be there, waiting for him.

Oak Hill Academy, the top high school in the country and famous for their NBA players production, had one player on the Eastern team. Tyler Lewis is one of three players who committed to North Carolina State, along with Rodney Purvis and T.J. Warren, both born in North Carolina. Purvis is actually from Raleigh.

North Carolina had Marcus Paige as their commitment representative in the game, while Duke also had one, the very impressive Rasheed Sulaimon. We even had one 7 footer, Isaiah Austin from Arlington, Texas, who will be playing his college ball for Baylor.